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What Song Inspired You Most? Tell Us and You May Win Tickets to DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist Live in L.A.

DJ Shadow Cut Chemist
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Is there a song that has especially inspired you in your life? One song, by any artist, that sums up what music means to you? Or has changed your life?

If so, I’d love for you to tell me about it.

And as an extra inducement, Blogcritics has a pair of tickets to give away to an awesome show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on October 3, 2014: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.

But even if you can’t get to L.A., we want to hear your story of musical inspiration. We’ll collect the best entries and share them again in a separate article.

And one winner gets a pair of tickets to see DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist!

For fans of true mix masters and hip-hop music, this is the chance of a lifetime. DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are coming together once again to mix and make magic live. This time they are using the music, inspiration and record collection of none other than Afrika Bambaataa, legend and pioneer of the hip-hop genre.

Shadow and Chemist have done a number of tours together before (The Hard Sell, Product Placement, and more) but this time they are celebrating more than just the music itself, they are celebrating history. The tour is coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of hip-hop, so it only made sense to reach back to the roots, grab Bambaataa himself and get permission to put their own spin (literally) on his music.

I’ve seen Shadow three times, once on The Hard Sell tour with Chemist, and what is most exciting about his shows is that you never know what you’re going to get. They mix live so there is always improv, but more than that, the style of the show could be completely different from what you’ve seen or heard before from either artist. It really is something wholly new – not just remixed, but remade.

You can win two tickets to the show in Los Angeles at The Palladium on October 3. The rules are simple.

  • You must be a U.S. resident to enter, and at least 18 years old.
  • Entries must be received by 9/19/14.
  • Winner will be drawn on or after 9/20/14 and notified by email.
  • Please read our privacy policy.
  • Most important: Leave a comment in the Comments section below this article telling us about a song (from any artist) that is particularly special to you and how or why it inspired you.
  • Finally, sign up for the Blogcritics newsletter here and copy and paste your comment in the “Promo Code” field.

Writing a comment about your song is meant not only to give you a chance to tell others what music means to you, but also to reflect the spirit of this DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist tour and how Africa Bambaataa’s music was the base for so many other artists. One story will be chosen from all the entries and deemed the winner.

You must provide your own transportation to the show, and your tickets will be waiting at the box office.

And remember: Everyone is invited to leave a comment about the song that has inspired you the most. Even if you can’t make it to L.A. on October 3, we want to hear about the music that has inspired you!

Good luck!

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About Luke Goldstein

People send me stuff. If I like it, I tell you all about it. There is always a story to be told.

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  1. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see these two masters in action. Tell me a story and you just may win the tickets!

  2. I live in Atlanta, so I can’t make the show, but as it so happens, DJ Shadow’s Building Steam with a Grain of Salt changed my life. I don’t think any other artist has inspired me more than Shadow, particularly because he’s an expert – like the Malcom Gladwell 10,000 hours type expert – and he loves what he does. I aspire to be a DJ Shadow of my own one day. I envy that lifestyle. That’s why I made this podcast —>

    • Totally agree. Shadow has put in the time, blood, sweat and tears to be the pre-eminent mix master that he is. Thanks for posting the link to your podcast, I’ll go check it out.

  3. There
    is no moment of my life when music is not a part of me. One of the most
    impactful songs I hold dear to my soul is actually from a video game. Final
    Fantasy VI – Composer Nobuo Uematsu’s leitmotif for Terra Branford, called “Terra’s
    Theme” is a piece that speaks to me; it speaks to me in emotions. There’s pain
    and strength and so much to it that I feel myself ache and love at the same
    time. This is one of many beautiful songs that helped make music an integral
    part of my existence. Connecting music to life experiences and allowing myself
    to fully feel when I listen to a song, gives life meaning.

  4. Leftover Cuties “Clarity”, the lyrics of this song are beautiful and touching. It was played by the band at my wedding. BTW, I’ve seen DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist both separately, but it would be amazing to see them together!